The 2019 Cantina Bendigo Twilight Series wrapped up this evening with criteriums around the Brickworks circuit.
It was a beautiful night for racing, the only blemish being a lot of traffic on the circuit which resulted in a minor fall but thankfully no serious injuries. A Grade split into two early in the race when Brent Gibson and Shaun White jumped away and were never seriously threatened, lapping the field. Brent won the intermediate sprint and then took the final win from Saun with Martin Banfield leading the rest of the field home to run third and earn enough points to secure the A Grade aggregate. B Grade produced another strong field and despite a few attempts to get away, the group lined up for a bunch kick. Ian Stringerrepeated his intermediate sprint victory to take the win and the series aggregate. Stuart Laing ran second, no doubt egged on by a vocal cheer squad, and Phil Bone finished third. The C Grade aggregate was up for grabs when one of the leaders, Greg Chapman, couldn't race, and it could have been a costly decision when Peter Body spent a lot of tickets winning the intermediate sprint then was swamped, first by Marcus Brown who rode away courageously to record the win, then by Russell Gilbey and Cheryle Barker who ran second and third respectively. Peter had enough points from earlier races to take ot the aggregate. A good field in D Grade was all together to contest the intermediate sprint, won by Steven Bright, then Wendy Bennett showed the field a clean pair of heels to take the win from Steve Auld and Carl Louchard. Aileen O'Brien won the D Grade aggregate.Thanks once again to Peter Cavallaro and Cantina Bendigo for sponsoring a very successful series, and to Ricky Lovell who organised the whole shebang with lots of help from Alan Hartland and Michael Collier Clarke.